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By MARTY RACINE
For the Bulletin
The New Mexico State University football players were tough enough to wear pink, but they weren’t quite tough enough to beat a reeling Georgia Southern squad at Aggie Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 22.
Following the halftime unveiling of a 40-yard-wide billowing pink ribbon and bow dedicated to cancer research and commemorating Tough Enough to Wear Pink’s 10th anniversary in Las Cruces, the Aggies gift-wrapped a 22-19 win for their Sun Belt Conference foe.
NMSU kicker Parker Davidson missed a 34-yard field goal attempt, and two Aggie fumbles in their own territory yielded 10 quick points for Georgia Southern, which broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 4-3 (1-3 Sun Belt Conference). NMSU fell to 2-5 (1-3 Sun Belt), with the season’s biggest test looming Saturday, Oct. 29, at College Station against Texas A& M.
It was an odd game for New Mexico State, a battle for field position all night emphasizing ground attacks and defense; the Aggies held their first opponent this season under 30 points. That’s a style Georgia Southern prefers.
The Eagles, a big team that likes to pound the ball between the tackles, looked poised to push the Aggies around from the opening kickoff. Running at will, in the first quarter they racked up nine first downs to the Aggies’ one, totaled 209 yards to NMSU’s 42, and
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NMSU quarterback Tyler Rogers looks downfield for an open receiver against Georgia Southern.
BULLETIN PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER BELARDE